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How To Make Up A Blues Song On Guitar

Making up blues songs on the guitar is pretty easy once you know the basics.

This web page builds on what you learned on these web pages (listed on the left): The Secret and Tired of Playing The Same Old Songs? Make Up Songs. If you're a complete beginner you might want to check out Guitar Basics.

Blues Chord Progressions
A standard blues chord progression uses the 1, 4 and 5 chords of any key.

standard 12-bar blues chord progression

  • You can play the chord progression below by using Chord 1, 4 and 5 from the key of C or the key of G. Read on to see an example in the key of G.

  • A measure is also known as a bar. This progression is called the 12 bar blues because it has 12 bars (measures).

Blues Chord Progression in the Key of G
In the example be sure to play each chord until it changes.

Guitar chords in the Key of G

12 bar blues chord progression in the Key of G

The previous example has an advanced strumming pattern that sounds something like this: bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba.

Blues Chord Progression Format 2
Here’s another blues example using a different format. You just play Chord 4 for the second measure instead of Chord 1. Everything else is the same. Here’s an example in the key of G:

12 bar blues in the Key of G format 2

Try these Bluesy Sounding Chords
Use the blues chords in the key of G below.

Blues guitar chords in the Key of G

12 bar blues chord progression in the Key of G using bluesy chords

The bluesy chords you were just using in the previous example are called 7th chords. For a long time I used these types of chords in my songs but I never understood where they came from and when to use them.

You can discover where they come from and how to use them in more detail in my book Guitar On the Spot II - Expanding the Code. But first to get straight to jamming all over the guitar neck I recommend my e-book: Guitar On the Spot - Using the Code.


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